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STYLING | 7 out of 10
projects an odd, almost ungainly proportion from some angles
Road & Track:
out of tune with the rest of BMW's very sleek-looking lineup
nearly identical to the 3-Series
M Division's optional aerodynamic kit comes as standard equipment on the 135i, giving the coupe sculpted flanks, a chiseled nose for improved engine and brake cooling, and a trunk lid spoiler.
the styling language of the new 1-Series coupe is more attractive in person than the press shots...would indicate
The 2013 BMW 1-Series isn't particularly daring or trend-setting, but it continues to wear its compact sporty styling very well. As the smallest model in BMW's current lineup, it got a mild update in 2010 to keep it in pace with the details as several of the brand's larger models were redesigned; otherwise it's a remarkably attractive, almost ageless design.
With a long hood and short deck like the slightly larger 3-Series, the smallest of the American BMWs fits right into the lineup--and the 1-Series' rather low beltline and large window greenhouse that stood out at the time of its original launch now fits right in. It's perhaps a little too stubby and compact to be truly elegant, though some may find the pug-like look (from the front) endearing.
The coupe looks a bit more balanced than the convertible, which looks best with the top down; the soft top fits well, but it just doesn't flow entirely well with the otherwise tight proportions and contours.
The look of the limited-volume ActiveE electric version is largely the same as the gasoline burning models, though a slightly more aerodynamic front end, wheel design, and unique ActiveE graphics package mark it out as the electron-sipper.
There's more of a likeness to the 3-Series--or at least the previous generation of the 3-Series--inside, where soft-touch plastic and rubber, metallic trim accents, available leather seating, and a generally purposeful, if somewhat plain, motif serves to fit the dual purpose between luxury coupe and sports car quite well.
Unique aesthetic touches reserved for the new-for-2013 BMW 135is include exclusive 18-inch wheels, a high-gloss black kidney grille, black mirror caps, and the full M Sport Package. Inside, the 135is sports special badges, and optional black leather seats with blue stitching.
The 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models have aged well, and still fit right in with the BMW lineup from the outside.